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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? March 2014 edition! [through March 31, 2014]

Hello all fellow addicts, hope all is well and you are as usual on the happy hunt for new or new-to-you cookbooks and books about food. What are you coming across and/or acquiring that tickles your fancy these days?

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  1. Today I bought One Pan, Two Plates: More Than 70 Complete Weeknight Meals for Two by Carla Snyder. It's 3.99 on kindle right now and the recipes looked really good.

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    1. re: rasputina

      I'd love to hear more about this book!

      1. re: roxlet

        There are four chapters, pasta and grains, meat dinners, poultry and fish dinners. All the recipes include gram measurements.

        Recipes include fresh pepper linguine with olive packed tuna, capers and raisins, Lo mein with chicken, snow peas and peanut sauce, fontina and prosciutto stuffed chicken breasts with radicchio and fennel sauté.

        She has a blog called http://ravenouskitchen.com

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      1. After reading the not perfect but thoroughly enjoyable “Provence, 1970,” about Julia Child, M. F. K. Fisher, Simone Beck, James Beard, Richard Olney, and Judith Jones, I began pulling some of their books off my shelves, many of which I hadn’t looked at in ages. I have Olney’s first book, “The French Menu Cookbook,” but not his “Simple French Food.” Decided that had to be remedied toot sweet. Should be here tomorrow.

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        1. re: JoanN

          You won't regret that one.

          Can you tell me more about Provence, 1970? I've been considering giving it a read.

          1. re: MelMM

            "Provence, 1970" is definitely worth reading, although in my opinion it could have benefitted from a stronger editorial hand. It's repetitive, sometimes annoyingly so, and I don’t think the author makes a particularly strong argument for his premise that this was a seminal moment that ultimately changed how and what we in North America cook. Nonetheless, the book is fun because it’s gossipy (Richard Olney was evidently a real pompous ass and Simone Beck never thought Julia much of a cook) and, because so much of the information comes from diaries and exchanges of letters, you do get an excellent sense of the personalities and of what it must have been like to have been living, eating, and cooking in France before it began to be Americanized.

            1. re: JoanN

              I bought the Kindle edition and am now about halfway through. It's fun reading, and interesting as I have heard about some of these events from other sources and a different point of view. Have you ever read Olney's posthumously-published memoir, "Reflexions"? It's worth a read if you like this kind of thing. I have to say, Olney may have been a snob and/or a pompous ass, but it's the descriptions of his cooking that make my mouth water (and when I've made his recipes, they've certainly lived up to his reputation as a brilliant cook).

              1. re: JoanN

                Simone Beck never thought anyone other than herself was much of a cook... kinda like Madeleine Kamman. [oops!]

          2. Four cookbooks from the thrift store yesterday:

            Jehane Benoit's Encyclopedia of Cooking

            Rose's Celebration - Rose Levy Beranbaum

            The Martha's Vineyard Cookbook - Louise Tate King & Jean Stewart Wexler

            The Bombay Palace Cookbook - Stendahl (yes, just one name it seems...like Cher I suppose!) The book says he was/is? a "mentor to millions on matters of wine, food and fine dining". The recipes and photos definitely look promising.

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            1. re: Breadcrumbs

              Mmmmm Mme Benoît, I worship her. Her "Madame Benoît Cooks at Home" is wonderful. For the non-Canadians out there, she's pretty much our Jane Grigson and Julia Child rolled into one.
              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uThAy2...

              1. re: Breadcrumbs

                My mom had a huge Jehane Benoit cookbook with a yellow cover, when we were growing up, maybe it was that one. I loved it. Mom moved in with us and I was going through all her cookbooks but could not find that one. I asked about it and she said she sent it to my sister. I was so disappointed since that was one of her cookbooks that I really coveted, if for nothing else than nostalgia. I am trying to figure out how to get it back from said sister but she lives in Boston and I am in CA. To be continued......

                1. re: nadiam1000

                  I have both the English and French version of Mme. Benoit and if I pass one in a yard sale will snap it up. Her Encyclopedia of cooking is still available.

              2. I was able to borrow Anne Burrell's Own Your Kitchen from the NJ digital library for my Kindle. Sooooooo glad I didn't buy it! It is a lazy effort on her part and most of the recipes are things that she already made on her show (Secrets of a Restaurant Chef) so they are already on Food Network's web site. She may have changed a sauce or topping but it's still the same basic stuff. I think there literally was only one recipe out of the whole book that I would ever want to try.

                I also learned that I shouldn't ever buy a digital cookbook for my Kindle. I have an old-school Kindle Touch which is black and white. It works great for reading novels but all of the pictures of recipes are in black and white too which lessens the whole experience as you flip through.

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                1. re: Njchicaa

                  I found that too, I only really started buying Kindle cookbooks when I got an iPad.

                  1. re: buttertart

                    Is there a Kindle app for iPad? I am debating buying iPad and this could be a big deciding factor!

                      1. re: Njchicaa

                        Also for phones, I have my books on my Samsung Note II.

                      2. re: herby

                        I buy Kindle cookbooks all the time for my IPad. My fave is the Dirt Candy book because you can rearrange the introduction (it's set up like a graphic novel). Even with other books, I like that I can enlarge the text.

                    1. re: Njchicaa

                      Yes, I have an old kindle too and it is awful to view cookbooks on. But I also have the kindle app on my phone and my kids iPads (required for school) so I am able to make use of them.